Year of the Rabbit

Published: 10/01/2023 By Allan Fuller

Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, 22nd January, heralding the Year of the Rabbit. 

Legend has it that the Jade emperor selected 12 animals to be his guards, each embodying different character traits. He sent an immortal being into the world , and the animals were told to compete in a Great Race to the Heavenly Gate, to decide their celestial rank.

This is one theory behind the origins of Chinese astrology, which is divided into 12 zodiac animals; the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Ram), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 

The Chinese zodiac calendar has been a significant factor when it comes to shaping traditions, events, holidays, and even food enjoyed among Asian communities across the world.
For those who’ve been struggling the past few years, the Rabbit is deemed the luckiest of all animals.

In Chinese culture, the rabbit is said to symbolise longevity, elegance, mercy, prosperity, and beauty, with those being born in the Year of the Rabbit described as being both calm and peaceful in nature.